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060-0118 John Grayson House

John Grayson House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001896

The I-house, a two-story, gable-roof dwelling with a center passage and end chimneys, marked a revolution in early 19th-century American housing. The form brought an order and dignity to vernacular dwellings and became a prevalent element of the landscape, especially in Virginia. The John Grayson house is regarded as one of the county’s most pristine examples of the type. Here, the otherwise plain form acquired a stateliness though the use of a two-level pedimented portico. With its rear ell, the house has a total of ten rooms. The wainscot, mantels, and floors are original. The recently restored house, renamed “Grayson” by its owners, was built ca. 1850 for John Grayson, a member of a family of millers who established the settlement of Graysontown in 1847.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 18, 2018